LYCEE

LYCEE SECTION

Secondary Level: Lycée (ages 15-18, Seconde-Terminale)

The Section Internationale programme provides a bilingual, bi-cultural education oriented towards the international option of the French baccalauréat (OIB) at the end of Terminale. The programme references the British National Curriculum and is aligned with the French curriculum. Students sit the IGCSE English Literature exam at the end of Seconde and the OIB at the end of Terminale.
The English Language and Literature and History-Geography programmes foster intellectual development and cultural enrichment while developing in-depth knowledge of the literary and historical heritage of Britain and North America. The pedagogical approach is based on these educational systems, and the teaching team are native English speakers who have been trained in their home countries. The programmes are comparable to the linguistic and cultural level of the French programmes or the equivalent year programmes in the UK or US.
The students are fully integrated into the French public school system at Lycée Corneille. In addition to the standard French curriculum, students have six hours a week of English Language and Literature and History-Geography in Seconde. As students prepare the OIB in Première and Terminale, the number of hours a week increases to eight. Participation in the International Section is challenging and rewarding, requiring extra academic investment and personal motivation.

Seconde

English Literature

The students follow the Cambridge IGCSE English Literature course, which involves study of a novel, a play and poetry. Different genres and time periods are represented in the literature studied, for example, Macbeth, Mansfield ParkAn Inspector Calls and Spies, as well as poems from Songs of Ourselves, the Cambridge Examination Board anthology. The students focus on literary essay writing skills in preparation for the OIB course which starts in Première.

History-Geography

In the History programme, students study the history of Europeans in the context of world history from Antiquity to the middle of the 19th century. Students are taught how to effectively analyze primary and secondary sources as they investigate historical content and formulate their understanding and interpretation of historical events. To accomplish this task, students are asked to apply their knowledge and understanding by participating in classroom discussions, activities, research projects and essays, completing a variety of assignments.
In Geography, students learn about societies and sustainable development. From this knowledge, students conduct case studies in order to compare and contrast the effects of such natural disasters in the immediate, short and long term in regard to economic, human, social and environmental factors.

Première and Terminale

The OIB (International Option of the Baccalaureate)
In Première and Terminale, students prepare the British version of the OIB, an integrated Franco-British school-leaving certificate. It combines the breadth and rigour of the French baccalaureat with the extra subjects of English and History-Geography taught and examined in English to British A-level standard. It is jointly certified by the University of Cambridge International Examinations and the French Ministry of Education.

The OIB makes academic and linguistic demands to an equal level in English and French, providing students with a bicultural as well as a bilingual education. Students develop a capacity for hard work and an intellectual and cultural flexibility that give them the potential to become excellent undergraduates in Britain, the US, Canada, France and elsewhere.

Teaching Hours

Students study the usual subjects in the French Bac offered in three different categories: ‘L’ (Literary), ‘ES’ (Economics and Social Sciences) and ‘S’ (Scientific). Within these categories the English LV1 (first language) and History-Geography usually taken by the French students are replaced by the International Option subjects taught in English:  four hours of English and four hours of History-Geography.

The Exam
In addition to the subjects presented for the classic French Bac, the OIB exam consists of two written and oral exams in English Language and Literature and History-Geography, certified by Cambridge as equivalent to British A-level standard. The weighting (coefficients) for these subjects are particularly high and vary according to the category of the Bac.

Category

English (total)

Written

Oral

History-Geography (total)

Written

Oral

L

10

6

4

8

5

3

ES

9

5

4

9

5

4

S

9

5

4

7

4

3

Further details and a good overview of the OIB can be found here.